While comparing Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh’s ‘dog’ analogy to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial ‘puppy’ remark he had made during the run-up to the 2014 general elections, Uttar Pradesh’s senior minister Azam Khan on Friday said that such utterances were part of BJP’s and the RSS’s culture.
Khan, Minority Welfare and Urban Development Minister of Uttar Pradesh, said that such remarks are “terribly hurting” India.
“I don’t see anything wrong in what he [Gen VK Singh] has said. The prime minister had used the word ‘puppy’ and now the ‘puppy’ has become a fully grown dog. This is the culture of the BJP and the RSS and it is terribly hurting the nation,” Khan said.
“You can see the evil taking root in Punjab, then Dadri [incident where a Muslim man was lynched] and then the Dalits, and now it is seeping across the nation,” he said.
Khan asserted that in the name of “beef” the second biggest majority in the nation was being persecuted and that the Muslim community was fearful of what was to come next.
Prime Minister Modi in his term as Gujarat’s chief minister had used a ‘puppy’ analogy while referring to the deaths in his state in the 2002 riots that triggered a political storm and drew him major criticism.
“Even If I am in the back seat of a car and a puppy (kutte ka bachcha) comes under the wheels, isn’t it painful? It is. Whether I am a chief minister or not, I am a human being; I will be sad if something bad happens anywhere,” Modi had said in an interview to a news agency.
A day ago, commenting on the incident of Dalit children being burnt to death, VK Singh on Thursday said that the government is not responsible if “someone throws stones at a dog”.